March madness is miles from balmy days of May

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MARCH IS the month of madness.

March hares are legendarily barmy figures of fear and fun as they fight, leap vertically into the air for no apparent reason and behave in an excitable and unpredictable manner.

Remind you of anything?

How about Dave Richards tripping and falling into a water feature after dinner and speeches?

Brawling in the crowd at the Kell Brook v Hatton fight?

Fernando Torres scoring a goal?

Wednesday and United neck and neck for the second automatic promotion place?

Sport often appears to have more than a hint of the nutty about it at any time of the year but it does get worse around now.

It’s when games and leagues are won from impossible positions, big leads thrown away and cup ties decided by a mistake.

Had United beaten Wednesday in the derby last month they could have gone 11 points clear with their games in hand.

How quickly it turns around. Now it’s the Wednesdayites who are talking about ‘squeaky bum time’ and teasing Blades.

But they ought to know better. Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle have all thrown away 10-point leads in March.

Within three games it might all be so different.

The only certainty is that things will go wrong for both Sheffield clubs.

The team that handles disappointment and dispels despair best will triumph.

As yet no-one knows who that will be.

But we do know that the madness can affect anyone in March so hold steady and keep going, April, May and the finishing line will soon be here.

Hidden water features notwithstanding.

What is left to be said about Fabrice Muamba?

It’s all been aired and there’s not much to add except to say what a lucky lad he might well turn out to be.

Had he dropped down in the street at home or even on the training pitch rather than in an FA Cup quarter final he would not have had nearly such thorough or speedy treatment as the Bolton midfielder did at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Why him? Is the question on everyone’s lips.

Why not? Is the answer.

Dozens of young men and women die of sudden heart failure every year, almost all of them have no idea they have a problem.

When it strikes most of those affected are killed by it, only the very fortunate survive.

Ex-Rotherham manager Andy Scott survived seven years ago because he had chest pains that alerted him and doctors to the fact that he was suffering from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Most sufferers have no symptoms and Fabrice Muamba was unaware he had a problem despite the fact that professional players at the big clubs are screened when they join and later as they develop.

But problems are not always detected.

More frequent and more detailed screening must be the next step.

For a young man like Fabrice Muamba to achieve all he has in football after growing up amid the horrors of the civil war in the Congo is remarkable.

He will need similar strength and courage and for his good luck to continue if he is to come through the next few days.

The thoughts and hopes of all football fans are with him.